Daily Devotions: Waiting

From God Will Carry You Through by Max Lucado

Waiting

“Remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. . . . I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon. . . .” Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream. -Genesis 40:14-15, 23; 41:1 NKJV

godwill-coverTwo years! Twenty-four months of silence. One hundred and four weeks of waiting. Seven hundred and ninety days of wondering. Two thousand one hundred and ninety meals alone. Seventeen thousand five hundred and twenty hours of listening for God yet hearing nothing but silence.

Plenty of time to grow bitter, cynical, angry. Folks have given up on God for lesser reasons in shorter times.

Not Joseph. On a day that began like any other, he heard a stirring at the dungeon entrance. Loud, impatient voices demanded, “We are here for the Hebrew! Pharaoh wants the Hebrew!” Joseph looked up from his corner to see the prison master, white faced and stammering. “Get up! Hurry, get up!” Two guards from the court were on his heels. Joseph remembered them from his days in Potiphar’s service.

They took him by the elbows and marched him out of the hole. He squinted at the brilliant sunlight. They walked him across a courtyard into a room. Attendants flocked around him. They removed his soiled clothing, washed his body, and shaved his beard. They dressed him in a white robe and new sandals. The guards reappeared and walked him into the throne room.

And so it was that Joseph and Pharaoh looked into each other’s eyes for the first time.

The king hadn’t slept well the night before. Dreams troubled his rest. He had heard of Joseph’s skill. “They say you can interpret dreams. My counselors are mute as stones. Can you help me?”

Joseph’s last two encounters didn’t end so well. Mrs. Potiphar lied about him. The butler forgot about him. In both cases, Joseph mentioned the name of God. Perhaps he should hedge his bets and keep his faith under wraps.

He didn’t. “Not I, but God. God will set Pharaoh’s mind at ease” (Genesis 41:16 MSG).

Joseph emerged from his prison cell bragging on God.

Jail time didn’t devastate his faith; it deepened it. And you? You aren’t in prison, but you may be infertile or inactive or in limbo or in between jobs or in search of health, help, a house, or a spouse. Are you in God’s waiting room? If so, here is what you need to know: While you wait, God works.

“My Father is always at his work,” Jesus said (John 5:17 NIV). God never twiddles his thumbs. He never stops. He takes no vacations. He rested on the seventh day of creation but got back to work on the eighth and hasn’t stopped since. Just because you are idle, don’t assume God is.

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